Aga Khan IV

1936 - Today

Aga Khan IV

Prince Shāh Karim al-Husayni, known as His Highness the Aga Khan outside Ismaili Muslim communities, and by the religious title Mawlana Hazar Imam to Ismaili communities was born on 13 December 1936 and is the 49th and current Imam of Nizari Ismailism, a denomination of Isma'ilism within Shia Islam. He has held this position of Imam, under the title of Aga Khan IV, since 11 July 1957, when, at the age of 20, he succeeded his grandfather, Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan III. Aga Khan claims to be a direct lineal descendant of the Islamic prophet Muhammad through Muhammad's cousin and son-in-law, Ali, considered the first Imam in Shia Islam, and Ali's wife Fatima az-Zahra, Muhammad's daughter from his first marriage. Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan III (grandfather of the current Aga Khan IV) in his memoirs explicitly states "The Prophet (of Islam) died without appointing a Caliph or successor." Aga Khan III further states in his memoirs that the Shias’ had a "need (for) Divine guidance" after the Prophet of Islam's death. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Aga Khan IV has received more than 3,472,885 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 54th most popular businessperson.

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Among businesspeople, Aga Khan IV ranks 54 out of 481Before him are Giovanni Agnelli, Bernie Ecclestone, Jeff Bezos, Bernard Arnault, Sung Jae-gi, and Bertha Benz. After him are Robert Kardashian, J. Bruce Ismay, Calouste Gulbenkian, Liliane Bettencourt, Thomas Cook, and Helena Rubinstein.

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Among people born in 1936, Aga Khan IV ranks 31Before him are Wilt Chamberlain, Ursula Andress, Michael Landon, Burt Reynolds, Jim Clark, and Harald zur Hausen. After him are Buddy Holly, Georges Perec, Virna Lisi, Roy Orbison, Albert Finney, and Tariq Aziz.

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In Switzerland

Among people born in Switzerland, Aga Khan IV ranks 52 out of 540Before him are Giacomo della Porta (1533), Clay Regazzoni (1939), Émile Jaques-Dalcroze (1865), Albert II, Duke of Austria (1298), Charles Albert Gobat (1843), and Auguste Piccard (1884). After him are Gabriel Cramer (1704), Angelica Kauffman (1741), Emil Theodor Kocher (1841), Ferdinand Hodler (1853), Heinrich Rohrer (1933), and Max Frisch (1911).

Among BUSINESSPEOPLE In Switzerland

Among businesspeople born in Switzerland, Aga Khan IV ranks 3Before him are Sepp Blatter (1936) and Joan Gamper (1877). After him are César Ritz (1850), Gianni Infantino (1970), Louis Chevrolet (1878), Peter Sauber (1943), Meyer Guggenheim (1828), and Josef Ackermann (1948).

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